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17 April 2007 @ 11:15 pm
Supernatural Gen Drabble: Like Breathing, Only Deadly  
Title: Like Breathing, Only Deadly
Author: HalfshellVenus
Characters: Sam and Dean (Gen)
Rating: PG
Summary: The "calm before the storm," for 100_ghosts.

x-x-x-x-x

They pack the knives within easy reach, put the shotgun on the floor of the Impala and climb inside.

Three miles down the road past town, they pull off to the side and let the minutes tick on by. A few bad jokes, a stupid argument, and it's five to midnight. The moon is full.

Check the holy water supply and then they're off, stealing quietly up an alley and into the broken, waiting churchyard.

Listen.

Sam nods to the left, and heads off silently through the trees while Dean glides from tombstone to tombstone, barely visible.

Midnight.

It begins.


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plutogirl10 on April 18th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
ooh, that sounds the like the start of a really, really interesting plot-fic :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
It could be, couldn't it?

Either way, you know that the calmness is only because they've done it so many times before... no guarantee that it'll go easy once it starts. :0
December 21stdecember21st on April 18th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
Oooh, I like.

I like how you don't say what they're going up against, just showing the events at the beginning of something ... bigger.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It could be almost anything, what they're fighting, but I've noticed that they are often very confident on the approach, only to have things blow up a little in the execution (i.e., the battle doesn't go according to plan, and there have got to be those cases where they're sure they're fighting X and it turns out to be **%<< that they've never encountered before).
getting the chocolate in the peanut butter: samanddeanb&wdotfic on April 18th, 2007 12:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, very evocative. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Dot!

So much of this prompt, I think, is setting the mood with the implication of the unseen "After."
bluesister on April 18th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
That's nice. Probably describes what they've done a hundred times and how second-nature it is to them.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
and how second-nature it is to them.
It really seems to be so much of the time-- including when it turns out that they're wrong about what they thought they were getting into (i.e., less easy to conquer or more dangerous than they expected).
iamstealthyoneiamstealthyone on April 18th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Very nice. I like the mood you created here.

Favorite lines:

Sam nods to the left, and heads off silently through the trees while Dean glides from tombstone to tombstone, barely visible.

Love this image. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Love this image. :)
Thank you!

This one is all about the Hunter aspect to these two, and all the moves they know so well after all these years-- regardless of how the battle will actually go.

They sound very competent there, don't they? :)
Cass E. Pants: SPN - dean sighscass404 on April 18th, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
Check the holy water supply and then they're off, stealing quietly up an alley and into the broken, waiting churchyard.

Listen.

Sam nods to the left, and heads off silently through the trees while Dean glides from tombstone to tombstone, barely visible.


I love how this just ... flows. There's no hesitation and it's gorgeous.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
There's no hesitation and it's gorgeous.
Eeee-- thank you!

The lack of hesitation is something we see on the show time and again. Not always, but often they are so confident and their preparations are like clockwork-- even if there's more bravery than certainty in what they're doing. ♥
Cass E. Pants: SPN - brothers no textcass404 on July 19th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
but often they are so confident and their preparations are like clockwork

I was just e'ing about my competence!kink and how the boys just flow and move together so well sometimes. I immediately thought of this and had to come find it (why don't I have it bookmarked? I mean, I do *now*) so I could link because this drabble is my personal fanon.

It's just lovely.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 19th, 2007 06:50 am (UTC)
so I could link because this drabble is my personal fanon.
*flails* That is one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about one of my drabbles-- your words here are just gold. :)
Nutty, the slightly unstable dwarf: vampedgumnut on April 18th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
What is so ordinary to them is so extraordinary to us.

A nice little snapshot. Thanks for writing and sharing.

Nutty
(before breakfast little makes sense)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
What is so ordinary to them is so extraordinary to us.
It's one of the things I love about this show-- luring in the viewer until all of these ideas make sense, as if they're acceptable simply because the Winchesters accepted them so long ago.

And it all sounds so easy here, like they're so used to it, and yet it's war all the same, and every bit as unpredictable as any war can be.
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 19th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
I can really see this as being the start of any hunt.
Thank you, Rinne!

There's a certain "methodical" approach to their work at times-- all of it done so often, known so well. The results may vary, but the preparation is a time-worn ritual in the Winchesters' world. :)
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on July 15th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D

The funny thing about this particular challenge is that the prompt really does lead you to write the "before" without writing the after. For some of the entries, it was a moment before a canon event where the unwritten after was known and devastating. Here, I decided to write instead a before that could be almost any hunt that starts off with knowing what you're doing, and what happens afterward might be the expected battle or something worse that you really didn't plan for. But either way, feathers will fly. :)